Posted by Marie Presti on 1/13/2019

Home staging is one of the most tried-and-true methods of selling your home faster. It can also help you increase the purchase price of your home by between one and five percent.

However, working with a professional home stager--while a good investment--is not always in everyone’s budget.

The good news is, there are a lot of simple and inexpensive ways to stage your home that will give visitors a good first impression, make for great photos for your online listing, and hopefully help speed up your home sale.

In today’s post, we’re going to break down six of the most effective and inexpensive home staging tips to help you sell your home faster.

1. Declutter everything

Cleaning out your home is one of the best ways to make it appear more spacious and welcoming. It gives you the chance to start packing items you won’t need until you move into your new home, and it opens up space to use a few choice decorations around the home.

For things like cabinets and closets, remove all of the items you won’t need until you move. A closet that is half-full will look much larger for guests viewing your home.

2. Clean carpets and polish wooden furniture

Carpets, flooring, and furniture make up a large percent of the visible space in your home. Leaving these items dirty or worn when selling your home is missing out on a huge opportunity to make your home look up-to-date and well-maintained.

You can rent a carpet cleaner for as little as $20, and a gallon of wood polish costs around $15, making these two items a solid investment for staging your home.

3. Paint with bright colors

When we paint our homes we usually choose colors that we like, rather than ones that appeal to the largest number of people. And although that’s a great thing while you own a home, it can be detrimental when it comes time to sell. Repainting dark walls in bright, neutral tones will make the room feel larger and well-lit.

4. Paint the front door while you’re at it

A freshly painted, bright colored front door can be the secret weapon when it comes to making your home stand out amongst your neighbors. It is a cheap way to quickly freshen up the exterior of your home and increase curb appeal.

5. Purchase a new welcome mat and mailbox

Welcome mats tend to get a lot of use and wear down. Similarly, mailboxes often get dented and faded over the years.

These two items can be excellent accents to improve the curb appeal of your home. Choose colors that match the overall color scheme of your home to establish a sense of continuity.

6.  Rearrange furniture to allow foot traffic

When someone comes to view your home, you’ll want to sure they have ease of access to each part of the house. Rearrange the furniture in your kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms to make it easy to tour the home.





Posted by Marie Presti on 1/10/2019


32 Parker St, Boston, MA 02129

Charlestown

Condo

$639,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
This condo is part of a gut renovation of this 6 unit building in 2008. Everything is less than 10 years old. This is the largest unit in the building and includes a 2 bedroom and 1.5 baths with open layout in a townhouse style unit. A 3 minute walk to the Sullivan Station T stop and 1 subway stop away from Assembly Row. Also less than 5 minutes to get on route 93 for driving into or out in of the city. Great value for Charlestown. Recently repainted and floors refinished. Prior tenants moved out so now completely vacant and ready for a quick closing!! Freshly painted, new dishwasher and just professionally cleaned.
Open House
Sunday
January 13 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Check out this open floor plan duplex 2br 1.5 bath condo in Charlestown on the Somerville line. 5 min walk to MBTA. 1 mile to new Encore Hotel and Assembly Row. Gut renovated 10 years ago. Come before the Pat's game!
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Posted by Marie Presti on 1/6/2019

Sustainable landscaping, while often called “green” on labels and in the media, usually comes in a variety of other colors. The idea behind dry-scaping or xeriscaping is to use less water, conserve and protect local wildlife, promote the local environment and use less energy. That doesn't mean you're stuck with the desert look though. Most environments support a wide variety of plants, so just think about what grows naturally in your area. Before you get started on updating your home from a high-water consumption—though beautiful—green lawn to modern eco-friendly desert-scaping, dry-scaping or xeriscaping in a variety of reds, blacks, blues, and browns (and some green too) it's essential to plan. 

Who is going to Use it?

Think about who uses your existing lawn or patio. Do the kids play on it? What about BBQs with outdoor games? It’s important to ensure that your new dry-scaping features serve similar purposes, or you could end up with useless outdoor space, which is not good at all. Stay away from harsh gravel for kids play areas, and try something like recycled tire rubber, mulch, or sand for softer landings and fewer skinned knees. Use paving stones to create paths and borders around local flora you don’t want visitors to walk through and combine it with various gravels for a stylish look.

Where Should Each Part Go?

When setting up your new yard, think about what elements you currently have, and how shade, sun, natural water, and wind fit into your yard. Pay attention to how the ground slopes, using the lowest points for plants since water pools there. Keep any existing trees and other local flora and include additional shade tolerant plants around them. Anywhere wind is likely to blow away your ground covering, go with heavier ground cover such as rocks, paving stones, or plants that are anchored in by the roots.

What Should You Use? 

In addition to natural ground coverings such as rock, mulch, and paving stones, try alternative recycled materials to add some color to your landscape. Recycled tires make soft, brightly colored additions for play areas; recycled concrete and brick can be used in retaining walls and rock gardens; even glass gets recycled and tumbled into colorful "mulch" which is excellent for adding designs to pathways or as borders to raised rock gardens and flower beds. Ask at your local gardening shop, find an eco-certified landscaping company or just search the internet to find out what plants are best to use in your area for water and soil conservation. Double check their water usage requirements, and if they need a boost in the driest seasons, try installing a drip-irrigation system that adds water in a slow and controlled manner which helps reduce waste caused by overwatering. 

How to take care of it?

There is no lawn to mow all the time, so it should be easy, right? Yes and no. Keep an eye on your new xeriscape to ensure it doesn't become a bed full of weeds that quickly get out of control. Before using any old weed killer, check to make sure the herbicide works within the environment and may safely be used around children and animals. As a preventative measure, try covering the ground underneath any gravel, mulch, or stones with water-permeable landscaping fabric. The larger rocks or ground coverings will hold it down, but for lighter materials use garden staples for extra security. Never, ever use plastic underneath your gravel or mulch. It will collect water, slide around and eventually end up in a landfill, which is what you've tried to avoid in the first place. 

Whether you want to know if your current property value will increase with xeriscaping or want your agent to choose homes with “green" landscaping just ask! Your real estate agent will happily assist you.




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Posted by Marie Presti on 1/4/2019


32 Parker St, Boston, MA 02129

Charlestown

Condo

$639,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
This condo is part of a gut renovation of this 6 unit building in 2008. Everything is less than 10 years old. This is the largest unit in the building and includes a 2 bedroom and 1.5 baths with open layout in a townhouse style unit. A 3 minute walk to the Sullivan Station T stop and 1 subway stop away from Assembly Row. Also less than 5 minutes to get on route 93 for driving into or out in of the city. Great value for Charlestown. Recently repainted and floors refinished. Prior tenants moved out so now completely vacant and ready for a quick closing!! Freshly painted, new dishwasher and just professionally cleaned.
Open House
Friday
January 04 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Posted by Marie Presti on 1/3/2019


701 Washington, Newton, MA 02458

Commercial

$600
Price

1
Buildings
Office
Type of Comm.
Great office space for the small business owner. One windowed office on the first floor with a desk and chair but could remove furniture if needed. In a small brick building between Martys Liquors and Cabots Ice Cream. Busy Washington St. location. Parking is street metered or free across the street on Farquar Rd. Use of kitchenette, conference room, and phone available for an additional fee. Wireless internet for 1 computer, heat, and electricity included. Share office with real estate brokerage office but has its own entrance. Great for attorney, insurance agent, commercial real estate broker, mortgage broker, or other. Open to cross referrals. Available now.
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